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CHANTONNAY Chondrite Meteorite French Historic Fall From 1812


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CHANTONNAY L6 Chondrite Meteorite French Historic Fall From 1812. Fell 5th August. 1.8g part slice. Provenance from John Schooler.


Info from the Meteorite Bulletin


Basic informationName: Chantonnay
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1812
Country: France
Mass:help 31.5 kg
NHM Catalogue:5th Edition  (2000)L6
MetBase:v. 7.1  (2006)L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12195 approved meteorites (plus 7 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondritesL chondrites (type 4-7)Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)

Comments:Revised 3 Jan 2020: Added fall info and updated coords

Writeup from MB online:

History (P.-M. Pelé, During the night of August 5, 1812, at 2 a.m., travelers and residents of Chantonnay observed a meteor, followed by a violent detonation. Around noon the same day, a sharecropper in the hamlet of Haute-Revétizon (today Les Revêtisons), located southwest of Chantonnay, discovered a meteorite in a field very close to his house. He kept his find for more than two years. In December 1814, Mr Cavoleau, an ecclesiastic and Vendean politician and historian, learned of the existence of this rock, which was said to have fallen from the sky, and he identifed it as a meteorite. Eager to acquire the entirety of the stone, he could only recover a third of the total mass, the rest having been already distributed by the finder to relatives and friends.
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References:Never published in the Meteoritical Bulletin

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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
Br. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican collection
Fernlea Meteorites
Sergey Vasiliev – SV-meteorites
Photos uploaded by members of the Encyclopedia of Meteorites.
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Corey Kuo
Gerald Armstrong
Jean-Michel Masson – FCOM – Russ Finney
Peter Marmet   
Shawn Alan
Solar Anamnesis      
Woreczko Jan & Wadi


     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (46° 41’N, 1° 3’E)
     Recommended::   (46° 40′ 14″N, 1° 5′ 35″W)

Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 164 km apart

This is 1 of 8 approved meteorites from Centre, France (plus 1 unapproved name)
This is 1 of 77 approved meteorites from France (plus 12 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)